The Minister of Agriculture, Limber Cruz, said that agricultural exports to the United States increased by 37% in the first five months of the year.
The injection of capital at zero rate through the Agricultural Bank, proper planning of planting, improvement of inter-parcel roads and irrigation canals, are part of the initiatives implemented by the Government that reflected favorable results in the reactivation of the agricultural sector, according to a press release from the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), exports to the United States increased from US$709 million to US$969 million, compared to the same period last year.
In the case of cigars and tobacco products, there was a 70% increase in the U.S. market, from US$350 million to US$596 million.
As for fresh vegetables, exports increased by 20%, from US$32 million to US$38.2 million; while in the case of bananas, in the fresh fruit line, the report highlights a 53% increase from US$767 million to 1.77 billion.
Similarly, avocado exports increased from US$28 million to US$32 million.